A native Iowan, Michael studied classical saxophone at the University of Iowa with Ronald Tyree and Matthew Sintchak (B.M., M.A.) Other teachers include John Rapson and Phil Mattson. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Grinnell College, Augustana College and in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He focuses on contemporary classical saxophone repertoire, comfortable in various chamber settings as well as electronic music. Michael stays very active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to song forms has made him a recognizable improviser throughout the Midwest. He currently leads the classical saxophone studio, coaches saxophone quartets, directs the small jazz ensembles program, and teaches jazz improvisation and other aspects of jazz studies.
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